March 15, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 03.15.09

Liturgy
Thank you, God. You are so good to us.
Your love is steady and does not falter, unlike our own.

You are faithful and true, even when we are not.
Forgive us for when we step over the line in our relationship
with you and with others,
hurting those we love or those we don’t.

Forgive us also when we don’t step over that other line,
when we fail to be thankful and to share gratitude.

How often we jeopardize our connection
with you and with our loved ones
by not sharing a good word,
or by not putting that gratitude into action.

Thank you, Lord, for who you are and what you do.
Help us to speak about and to act upon your perfect gifts,
your wonderful works – every day, in ordinary ways and places.

This we pray in the name of the One who was and is
your most perfect gift, your wonderful work – Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reflection
Are there any tables Jesus is trying to flip in your life,
but have been bolted to the ground?

Have you ever turned someone’s sacrifice into personal gain?

What keeps you from remembering Christ’s sacrifice
during Lent?

What are some ways we can actively remember
Christ’s sacrifice?

Benediction
We go, committed to care for one another
as you have cradled us in your love.

We leave, confident in your mercy
and courageous in our role within the city,
inspiring human souls,

that at the dawn of your grace,
our youthful lives
will be spent to love and serve you.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.

[Photo by ManonManon @ Flickr]